As I mentioned in class, the due date for your paper is being pushed back. Your papers are due Thursday, May 18. Additionally, if you want to give me a draft to get feedback on, I must get it by Thursday, April 27. This gives enough time for me to look at it and get it back to you with sufficient time for you to make any changes.
Your essay will be graded according to the following rubric:
- 100 points total
- 10 points: Format. Your paper should be 5 to 10 pages, single space, 12pt font, and 1in margins.
- 10 points: Mechanics and sentence structure. You should use proper grammar, spelling, etc.
- 10 points: References and citations. Because this is a research paper, you should have references for the information you provide. All references must be properly cited. Any quotations must be sourced and cited as well. A bibliography or works cited section should appear at the end of your paper. (You can use whatever citation style—MLA, APA, etc.—you want. But be consistent in your formatting.)
- 20 points: Organization. Your paper should be clearly structured. You should have an introduction and conclusion. Information should be presented in a logical order.
- 25 points: Mathematical content. You should clearly and accurately present the mathematical content in your essay. You are not required to include any proofs (though you may do so) but any theorems or results you mention should be stated correctly and in an understandable manner.
- 25 points: Extra-mathematical content. The presentation of the non-mathematical content—bibliographic facts, historic details, connections to a broader context—of your paper should be cogent. You should demonstrate your knowledge of the subject you chose.
Finally, remember that in the last couple weeks of the semester you will give a short (5 to 15 minute) presentation about your topic to the rest of the class. I will give more details on the schedule and the grading for the presentations when we get closer to the end of the course.